Distributism: Marx with a Rosary?
Winter break affords me the rare luxury of surfing Gilbert Magazine’s backlogged articles and catch up on the many aspects of Chesterton’s thought being played out in the post-modern world. One article that caught my eyes was Roy F. Moore’s short piece that defended the ChesterBelloc idea of Distributism as being quite distinct from Marxist and other Socialistic ideologies.
In my experience with Distributism, the proponents of the system are often mistaken as liberals and labeled Utopians. This is unfortunate, for while I see that Distributism has some flaws, the Capital-Papists, who act as if the Free Market was an ex cathedra dogma, often become quite reactionary to anything that does not resemble the Anglo-American economy they’ve grown used to. The shame of this mindset is, of course, that in becoming so reactionary they have failed to see the flaws in a Free Market economy where the wealth of nations falls to the hands of a few and inhuman conditions grown more fierce on a daily basis. Chesterton was all too right when he called the world mad, even if some debate with his outline of sanity.